Earthy favorites with a twist: bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, endive with pears & walnuts, and celery & apple purée
I’m convinced that for me, entertaining at home is long on fun and short on stress because when I plan the menu I focus on simple dishes that can be prepared in advance, but are elevated to invite-your-friends special with unexpected twists. For instance, filet of beef is a real crowd pleaser that takes well to earthy flavors, so I added wild mushrooms and, for a tangy accent, cider and cider vinegar. Celery root purée is an earthy and delicious alternative to mashed potatoes on the side. And because beef filet is rich, I chose a salad that was light yet had some savory touches: blue cheese and crunchy spiced walnuts. For dessert, individual butterscotch custards, which are made ahead, are perfect because I find that once you sit down to dinner, you want to stay with your guests.